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The Weekend Takeaway
In the March 5 BP First Take, I wrote, “On the heels of his first All-Star Game appearance last season, [Andrew McCutchen] has the potential to contend for MVP honors in the near future.” That wasn’t exactly the boldest of predictions, given McCutchen’s talent and career path, and it appears the near future has arrived.
After a relatively slow start, the 25-year-old McCutchen delivered a remarkable .360/.424/.709 May, displaying the tools that earned him a six-year, $51.5 million extension roughly three months earlier. What’s even more impressive, though, is that he has sustained that gaudy pace through 21 games in June.
Through 81 at-bats this month, McCutchen has five homers, five doubles, and two triples, good for a .358/.418/.654 triple slash that ranks 10th among players with at least 50 plate appearances. Joey Votto—perhaps McCutchen’s main rival in the NL MVP race at the moment—is the only player who has produced a higher OPS than the Pirates’ cen...
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Wow. Karstens to start Monday, Lincoln to bullpen–Hurdle. Color me surprised. #Pirates
— David Todd (@DTonPirates) June 24, 2012
It looks like Brad Lincoln will be heading back to the bullpen and Kevin Correia will remain in the rotation as Jeff Karstens returns from his injury.
Lincoln is coming off an excellent start where he took a no-hitter into the 6th inning against...
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On Friday, the Tigers bumbled their way to a loss. Yesterday afternoon, Brad Lincoln pitched maybe the best start of his young career and Andrew McCutchen came up big when the Pirates needed him to and the Pirates pulled out a second win against the Tigers. That's honestly one more win than I expected from the Pirates in this series, so a sweep would be gravy.Given that the pitching...
Although Monday night’s series opener featured a much better Pirates team and a much worse Phillies team than we’re used to seeing at Citizens Bank Park, the game didn’t quite go as planned. Instead, it turned into the typical Phillies blowout the Pirates have endured a number of times on the eastern side of the state.
Jeff Karstens‘ return to the rotation did not go well...
Pirates (38-33) at Phillies (34-40)
7:05 PM EST–Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
TV: ROOT Sports
After a pretty successful homestand, the Bucs are on the road for a week as they look to continue their winning ways. Their first stop is a place that hasn’t been kind to them lately: Citizens Bank Park. They are just 5-18 in CBP, have been swept there...
The Pirates made three errors in the first inning. Jeff Karstens threw some meatballs. Joe Blanton had eight strikeouts. Rod Barajas got hurt. One of those days that's better off forgotten, if you ask me.
A trip to Philadelphia usually doesn't turn out well for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but this could be a different year.
This is definitely a different Phillies club in 2012.
The Pirates plan to give Jeff Karstens his first start in two months Monday night as they begin a four-game series against the last-place Phillies.
Pittsburgh (38-33) has dropped 18 of 23 at Citizens Bank...
I’m of the opinion that anything less than a series win against the Phillies is a pretty big disappointment. The Pirates really made that disappointment likely by losing last night. Recap. First Pitch: 7:05 PM EST Where to watch: Root Sports, MLB.TV, CSN Vance Worley, RHP (24) Worley has been shockingly good this year. He [...]
I didn't see most of this one when it happened, but I knew that the Pirates lost a close game and when I came home, literally the first thing I saw on my TV was a highlight of Mike McKenry getting thrown out at home plate by a mile and a half on a sac fly in the seventh inning. Of course, the first thing I did after that was bring the box score up to try and get some context...